(WACH) Quality control issues continue at Toyota. The Japanese automaker has announced another major recall involving hundreds of thousands of vehicles globally.
Toyota is voluntarily recalling 437,000 hybrid models including the 2010 Prius and 2010 Lexus HS250h. The automaker says both models need a software upgrade to the anti-lock brake system (ABS).
The ABS normally engages and disengages rapidly as it senses and reacts to tire slippage. According to Toyota, some 2010 Prius and HS250h owners have reported experiencing inconsistent brake feel during use on rough or slick roads while trying to maintain traction.
"We're committed to doing everything we can-- as fast as we can-- to restore consumer trust in Toyota, and these recalls are part of this effort," said Jim Lentz, President and Chief Operating Officer of Toyota Motor Sales. "We regret the inconvenience this recall will cause to Prius and HS 250h owners, and will do our best with the support of our dealers to make sure that it is conducted in the most trouble-free manner possible."
Prius owners affected by this recall should begin receiving letters from Toyota next week instructing them to schedule an appointment with their dealership for the software upgrade. The automaker will begin contacting affected HS250h owners within the next few weeks.
This latest recall comes less than a month after Toyota recently recalled more than 4-million vehicles to fix a problem with sticking accelerator pedals. Columbia area dealerships are now servicing customer cars for accelerator pedal problem. Toyota recalled more than 5-million vehicles in 2009 for floor mat pedal entrapment problems.